knife making (show you're homemade knife)

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    I'm ed and i love making knives. I've had a passion for high quality cutlery since my grandpa gave me my first knife (around my 12 th birthday, he gave me an german auto knife, yes i know....what was he thinking, hahahahaha). Since then i've been collecting knives. Now after about 20 years of collecting knives, i decided that it was time to try and make my own knife and what a journey this became, hahahaha. originally i wanted to just make 1...to see how its done. But now 5 years later i'm still making them, because its just so much fun to make something that i've made with my own hands and it has resulted in more appreciation for a high quallity cutlery.
    I would realy like to share this passion/obsession for fine cutlery and making them and i would really like to see what other people are making. That s why i started this topic. PLease feel free to post pics of any sharp edged tool that you have made.
    To start this topic off, ill post a picture of my first knife and my last. feel free to comment on it (all feedback is welcome).
    If you have anyquestions about how to go about making a knife, please feel free to ask.

    the first knife i ever made
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    the last knife a made.....making pictures also improved, hahaha. IMG_5216 - kopie.JPG IMG_5231 - kopie.JPG IMG_5247 - kopie.JPG

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ywn9UtMjACFk8t8ck6D-QIRwIYinjHC-/view?usp=sharing

    please let me know what you think about my latest addition, hope to see some of you're work to.

    ed
     
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    I love the mosaic pin and colored liner on that knife, it really goes well with the choice of wood for handle material. You have talent!

    What type of steel did you use?
     
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    Are these forged or are you buying blanks?

    I like 'em both.
     
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    steel: rwl34
    handle: stabelized poplar with blue g10 liners.
    blue mosaic pin.
    total length: 8,85 inch
    blade length: 4,13 inch
    spine: 0,157 inch

    I mostly use rwl34, because its a nice steel to work with with very good qualities. these knives are not forged. i buy strips of raw rwl and then make my own blanks via the stockremoval method (this allows using super steels aswell, most of those steels you cant forge). i also do the heat treat.
     
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    Very nice, indeed. I've never been one for dyed natural materials but I like those scales.
     
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    Very nice work Ed, and welcome again.
     
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    Beautiful work!
     
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    Wow!
    Your last one sure is a beauty.
    Great stuff. I look forward to seeing more.
    How many have you made?
    And.... what do you use them for (I love carving, so I'm curious what tasks you put them to....)
     
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    Your first knife is probably better than I'll ever produce. I have made some, while they certainly functioned, they were in no way THAT good. I am comfortable making something of utility grade, but not much beyond that. Beautiful work! Thanks for making me feel like a second rate 3rd world knife maker....
    I like your styleing and contour/profiles. You definitely have your own unique worksmanship.
    Sometimes i see some people on the forum who make me feel like a hairless ape with a hammer, this is one of those times.
     
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    Thats some cool looking blades guys. What tools did you use to make them?

    Thanx thr...thats one hell of a compliment.
     
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    Here's one I pronounced "Done" about 10 minutes ago.

    Steel - masonary saw blade with impressive hardness.

    Guard - hammered copper from ingots. Thanks @PACoureurDuBois .

    Handle - white tail deer (Ga.), ash burl (thanks @Primordial ), red and black felt micarta, through tang copper pin.

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    Thanks.
     
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    Heres a couple practice knives recently put together from an old file, ironwood handle w/leather wrap for one, the other i tried wrapping the handle in epoxied twine for grins. I have since taken it off because it sucked. 20181025_180252.jpg
     
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    Jim L I really like that one!
     
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    hi,

    thanx buddy,

    how many have i made? well that depends on how you look at it...i have finished 5 knives but i have tried to make around 30 i think. most of the knives died in the process of making them.
    What do i use them for? well 1 is used in the kitchen, 3 of them i gifted to friends and the last one is a birthday pressent. personally i dont use fixed blades that often exept 1 that i use for opening boxes and making small pieces of wood for the fire that sometimes is being lit in my garden. i do use allot of folding knives for dayly tasks....i edc them, unfortunatly i dont have the skills yet to make a propper folder.
     
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    i really enjoy the proces of making 1....it has become a goal in itself, hahahahaha
     
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    i like the rustick feel these knives have especially the rope at the end of the handle.....did you use a type of ressin to keep it together? love the fact that you make these knives with limited tools and some proper sweat and craftmanship. keep up the good work.
     
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    i know exactly what you mean with pronouncing them done, hahahahahaha. its never ending isnt it, hahahaha.
    Love what you have done by the way.....it takes skil to make a blade like that, in the future i want to try and make a type of bowy with pommel. The blades i make now i try to keep as simple as possible the more stuff you add to a blade......the more chances of ruining it hahahahaha......so i take my hat of for you, great work and high level of finish you got there.
     
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    Thats pretty good for a practice knife. You have chosen one of (in my opinion) hardest grinds to put on a knife, a recurve....all atempts i have done to make a recurve failed so wel done. I see you used a file...Maybe just buy a piece of 01 or some othere high carbon steel, as a file is so hard to work on because of the hardnes.....i think it would make a futer knife much easyier to make. the first knife i made was out of 01 and hardend in some coals with a hairdryer (excuse my english guys, i still dont know where the spelling check is, im an idiot when it comes to digital stuff).....

    keep up the good work try i simple grind next time with some soft steel....i bet you ll make a very good blade.

    ed
     
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    i would love to see it.
     
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    A couple recents
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    The handle on that one is held on with Chicago Screws then cord wrapped and epoxied. The Otzi knives have their handles epoxied on and the cordage is also epoxy soaked.

    Shane
     
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    I haven't made a knife for a while. Here's one I made a few years back. Full tank Nessmuk in 1080 with osage handles.

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    Beautiful knife. I have always loved those little Otzi's that you make.
    Shane
     
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    Thanks Shane, I'll take that as a high compliment compared to yours!
     
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    This is one that I had handy this morning.

    Steel - forged leaf spring.
    Handel - micarta made from cammo cotton cloth/polyester resin
    Pins - aluminum rod

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    This beast was made as practice last year for the frum member challenge thread (still working on it @Primordial :4: ). It's taken a lot of abuse and kept on smilin'.
     
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    Ive thought about using some different steels. Ive got some railroad spikes i need to work out too.
    My favorite part of making knives is to take something old and abandoned and prolonging its life as a new tool. I know this might sound odd but i firmly believe that the metal takes on the spirit of the ones who've used it. So in reusing the metal I can preserve the spirit of its previous owner and add my own.
     
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    BEAST!
     
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    Unfortunately I don't have them anymore, not sure where they ended up. I haven't made a knife in about 7 years or more. I hand forged the majority from 5160/4140 leaf springs. Some where cut with a torch from retired blades from a saw mill. I am not any type of fantastic smith, but I liked making daggers...you need to be a fantastic smith to make a nice dagger...hahahaha.
    I made a kukri once that didn't turn out half bad, but when trying to get the bevel for the edge correct I over did it and threw it in the scrap heap.
    The only way I seem to be able to get a reasonably good grind is to normalize the steel and profile with a file by hand, a real bugger on a big blade. The forging, and roughing out is the easy work, 90% of a knife you can be proud to own is in the finish.
     
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    Beautiful work
     
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    Yes, I did make the sheath, thank you for the compliment.
     
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    Thats a really cool ideer.
     
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    Thanks.
     
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    I did my first one log fire with this knife. I abused it by batoning a 4 in. (if I remember correctly) into 8ths, two of those into 16ths, two of those into 32ths. Then made feathers and curls from one of the 16ths.

    Took awhile, but finally got it lit with a ferro rod. Gotta do it again for the challenge.
     
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    Thought I'd show my old EDC. It's a good knife, but a bit too big at just over 10 in. OAL, and 4 1/2 blade lenth.

    Steel - retired saw mill blade.
    Handle - recycled maple flooring and black felt micarta.
    Pins - aluminum rod.
    Lanyard Tube - aluminum arrow shaft.

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    Sorry, I just realizeed l was hijacking the thread. I'll shut up now.
     
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